RE: [Z_Scale] re: Question
- The following sites have DC throttles as well as other electronic bits useful in model railroading:
http://www.ferromel.de/tronic.htm (this one is in German but I was able to find what I needed)
If you can't find what you need there take a look at Ntrak, they have a design for a voltage regulator controlled throttle that works great, I power mine from a 9v battery or a 9vdc wall wart with a 9v battery connector on it (available from Radio Shack) to keep from overpowering the Z scale motors. The Ntrak throttle actually has a setup for Nn3, which uses Z scale locomotive mechanisms, that would work fine as well.
Larry P. Card
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> From: iplayfhorn@...
> Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2012 09:27:06 -0400
> Subject: [Z_Scale] re: Question
> Thanks so much for all of the responses. I knew you all were the
> "go-to" source on stuff like this, and I've never been disappointed.
> Is there some kind of plan for a DIY controller, than somebody has
> cooked up over the years? I am beginning to seriously at beginning
> a Z layout, and would like something that could be integrated into the
> layout, rather than a stand-alone. I'd like to have something that
> could be powered by battery as well as electricity (we have a literal
> ton of "wall warts" at home in a box; I imagine there is something in
> there with the correct voltage and polarity). I remember seeing a
> video on YouTube where a Japanese guy had built a simple, very small
> oval, and had constructed his own controller box, which I believe
> could be run on either battery or house current. Thoughts?
> Thanks again,
> David P.
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- Thanks to all who responded to my question about insulating rail joiners for DC block wiring using Rokuhan track.Several good ideas, not sure yet which one I will use when the time comes.Marty in Estacada, ORFrom: Alan Cox <alan@...>
Sent: Saturday, October 5, 2013 1:52 PM
Subject: Re: [Z_Scale] QuestionOn Sat, 5 Oct 2013 13:41:45 -0700 (PDT)
martin soll <solldesign@...> wrote:
> Just getting started on my first Z Scale layout (I built a test track, but no layout). I think I have everything I need to get started with Rokuhan track EXCEPT, insulated rail joiners for DC blocks. I looked at the Rokuhan website, and the only insulated joiner shown insulates both rails for a reversing loop.
> QUESTION: What is the best method to break the continuity on just one rail?
Cut it with a dremel or similar. It's then often a good idea to put a
tiny spec of something in the gap. It's not needed for the wheel guidance
(for a thin slit anyway) but it avoids getting nasty problems over time
if the rail moves with heating and cooling and touches again.
Or just use a double isolating track and feed power always to both sides
of the one rail.